Chislehurst and Willett
Distance: 3.5 Miles (1hr 40m)
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Park in Pay and Display (Hornbrook House) car park in
Chislehurst High Street (free on Sundays) or take a bus
to the High Street and find the car park at the southern
Turn right out of car park (but glance left to admire
Prickend Pond and its population of waterfowl) and go
uphill to turn right along Prince Imperial Road past the
Methodist church. Beyond houses, take path through
trees on right running parallel to road. Cross
Wilderness Road twice, second time looking left to note
memorial to Prince Imperial (A). Soon Camden Place
is on right.
On reaching gate to Camden Place, note across road
The Cedars bearing blue plaque commemorating home of
William Willett, inventor of British Summer Time.
Bear left, crossing road carefully to Watt’s Lane.
On the junction between Watt’s Lane and Bromley Road is
Hangman’s Corner (B) – a small stone bears faint
inscription stating that there was once a gibbet
hereabouts. Follow Watt’s Lane past cricket
ground, some houses and field until church comes into
view on left and you reach cross roads. Cross
diagonally to path on far side that leads you towards
church and to old cockpit (C), circular hollow still
recognisable nearly 190 years after cock fighting was
made illegal in 1834.
Turn right toward Tiger’s Head pub, cross road and go
down Hawkwood Lane to left of pub. Pass St Mary’s
church on right (D). Continue past entrance to
Coopers School and down to entrance to Hawkwood house.
Bear left, now along Botany Bay Lane, and take first
path on left. Follow rightmost of two parallel
tracks and continue to Flushers Pond. Follow path
round to left across duck boards and round to right
uphill to meet broader path. Go straight across
with wood on left and open field on right. At
corner of field, turn right until you are alongside
clump of trees in field on right (first of two).
Take clear path on left to Willett Memorial Sundial
(E). Keep straight on out of clearing and soon
turn left on broad path (there are blue and white
waymarks on trees), keeping left until you reach an
information board. Having looked at board, turn
round and retrace steps for a few metres then turn left
onto broad path. Continue, passing London Loop
waymarks, to main road.
Cross road carefully and go left along path in woods
running parallel to road – there are two and the one
further from the road is preferable, although all will
eventually bring you onto Royal Parade. Carry on
to crossroads near war memorial and cross Bromley Lane.
Turn right and after just a few metres take broad path
on left into woods. On reaching Heathfield Lane,
turn right along it for a short distance then cross it
to path on far side. This will bring you out
opposite car park.
In addition to the walking routes on our web site we
have published three popular walking guides:
Guide to Tunbridge
Wells Circular Walk and other walks in the area
Guide to the
Kent Coast Path: Part 1, Camber to Ramsgate
Guide to Three
River Valley Walks in West Kent: Darent Valley Path,
Eden Valley Walk and Medway Valley Walk
Points of Interest
The Prince Imperial
The Prince Imperial, known as Louis, was the son of
Napoleon III (nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte) and his wife
Eugenie who were exiled in Britain and lived at Camden
Place. Louis was killed in Southern Africa fighting for
the British against the Zulus in 1879 at the age of 23.
His body was returned to England and a hundred thousand
people attended his funeral procession in Chislehurst.
Although he was originally buried in a specially built
addition to St Mary’s church, his body was later removed
to Farnborough in Hampshire.
Willett was a successful builder who lived in
Chislehurst and championed the idea of putting the
clocks forward in summer to make better use of long
daylight hours and save fuel for lighting and heating.
By the time the concept was implemented in 1916,
initially as an emergency wartime measure, Willett had
He is celebrated by a sundial in Petts Wood woods
(above), by a street in Petts Wood village and by the
Daylight Inn near Petts Wood station.
Chislehurst High Street is served by many bus routes
from many places including Orpington.
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and database rights 2023. Some paths on map are based
on data provided by Kent County Council but do not
constitute legal evidence of the line of a right of way.